Head North Young Pulp Fan

Apr 11, 2018 by

The Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale is celebrating its 22nd year! The show is held annually in the lower level of the Lillian H. Smith Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street in Toronto, Ontario.

A small but terrific show featuring a wide variety of pulp and pulp-related items, you’ll find over twenty-five dealers’ tables crammed with collectible pulp magazines, pulp reprints, vintage paperbacks, posters, and other ephemera. There’s also a half-hour pulp magazine cover slide show. It’s a great time for both serious pulp collectors as well as the casually interested, with lots of great stuff to see!

Admission is only $3, with tickets available at the door. Children under ten are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

So if you reside in the states, grab your passport, and head north to Ontario for the Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 10 AM and running until 4 PM. For additional details, you can email Neil or Leigh Mechem at info@girasolcollectables.com or call 905-820-7572. Please tell them that PulpFest sent you.

(This year’s Fantastic Pulps poster — designed by Neil and Leigh Mechem — features the art of the great George Rozen. It originally appeared on the cover to the July 15, 1934 issue of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE, the Street & Smith hero pulp that started the genre.

Although The Shadow is best known for his exploits as a crimefighter, he is closely tied to the two themes of PulpFest 2018. The convention will honor the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War and will salute the centennial of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer.

The Shadow was, in actuality, a man named Kent Allard. With the advent of World War I, Allard enlisted and became a flying ace. He also served as an intelligence agent for the Czar, adopting the alias of The Black Eagle to protect his true identity.

In Philip José Farmer’s THE ADVENTURE OF THE PEERLESS PEER, Allard — using the identity of Colonel Kentov — is assigned to fly Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson on a mission.)

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